Canada's Airports Urge Swift Passage of Customs Act Amendments

             Tabled amendments will modernize Canada's borders,
                improving security and passenger facilitation

    OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Airports Council today urged
the government to swiftly pass amendments to the Customs Act tabled today in
the House of Commons - amendments Canada's airports say will both improve
border security and the efficient passage of travellers through Canada's
    "Canada is part of a globally integrated economy for trade and tourism
and a secure and efficient border is essential to ensuring Canadian
competitiveness in the world today," said CAC President and CEO Jim Facette.
"The Customs Act amendments tabled today are an important step toward this
goal by ensuring our border officials have the flexibility they need to
evaluate and detect potential risks while allowing legitimate travellers and
shipments to enter Canada more efficiently."
    In particular, Canada's airports support a key component of the Customs
Act amendments tabled today that allow for the implementation of "Customs
Controlled Areas." These would expand the jurisdiction of the Canada Border
Services Agency to a larger area of the international arrivals area than the
current limited responsibility for only certain designated exit points.
    "Maintaining secure and efficient borders in the world today requires a
modern and flexible border environment," said Mr. Facette. "We encourage
parliamentarians to quickly pass this important piece of legislation."

    About the Canadian Airports Council

    The Canadian Airports Council (CAC) is the voice for Canada's airports.
Its 49 members represent more than 180 airports, including all of the National
Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant municipal airports in
every province and territory. Together, CAC members handle virtually all of
the nation's air cargo and international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic
passenger traffic. They create in excess of $45 billion in economic activity
in the communities they serve. And more than 200,000 jobs are directly
associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more than
$8 billion annually.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel-Robert Gooch, Director of
Communications, Canadian Airports Council, (613) 560-9302 ext 16,

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